People Acting in Community Together (PACT)

PACT is a multi-ethnic, inter-faith grassroots organization that empowers everyday people to create a more just community. PACT’s leaders work in partnership with public officials to improve the health, education, housing, safety and general well-being of people in Santa Clara County. PACT is made up of 30 congregations, each focusing on an area of concern identified by the congregation.

With over 7,000 homeless individuals in Santa Clara County and with 60 percent in San Jose, First Christian Church has joined with two other inner city congregations, First Presbyterian Church of San Jose and First Baptist Church of San Jose to focus on improving the lives of outdoor citizens in the downtown area.

Focusing on the needs of transportation for outdoor citizens and low-income individuals, our local PACT group is thrilled to announce three WINS!

PACT celebrates the inaugural of Reduced Fare Transit Passes for low-income residents

On September 5th, 2013 our local PACT members joined Councilpersons Sam Licarrdo and Ash Kalra along with Board member Dave Cortese and VTA staff Jim Lawson and Colleen to celebrate the start of a two year pilot program to provide reduced fare transit passes for individuals who make 200% or less of the federal poverty level. The launch represented a two-year collaborative effort with elected officials, VTA, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to secure funding for this pilot program.

The program will afford those who qualify with the ability to purchase monthly bus passes at a minimal cost.  More information about the programs can be found on this VTA news release

Our launch was covered in such media outlets as Mercury News  and Mountain View Voice. You can also watch all the events on our YouTube Channel.

September 1st, 2013 marked the initiation of the reduced-tokens program for non-profits to support community members in transportation crisis

As Sandy Hietala, a member of our church stated “Our church was purchasing full price tokens ($6.00) to give away on a case by case basis to individuals struggling with homelessness with emergency needs to get to a shelter or medical appointment. Starting September 1st we can now buy them at half-price thanks to the work of our PACT Group!”  If you would like more information about how your faith organization can participate, please contact VTA headquarters at 408-321-5615 or Sandy Hietala at 408-836-5756. 

600 Additional Free Uplift Passes made available to homeless individuals beginning July 1st, 2013

Having a free Uplift pass allows individuals who are struggling with homelessness access to services such as health care, job searches, shelter and case management. The County provides 1,800 Uplift passes per quarter to homeless individuals. Thanks to the effort of our local PACT group, VTA, the County and the City of San Jose approved an increase in funds to provide an additional 600 passes per quarter.

The PACT group is a wonderful way FCC participants can put their faith in action to create social change.  

Contact the church office at 408-294-2944 for information about how to get involved.